Partitions are the logical division of computer’s memory, processor and storage into a multiple set of resources so that each set of resources can be operated independently with its own operating system and applications. The number of logical partitions depends on the model and size of the hard drives. These partitions are formatted with file systems to manage user and system data on the hard drives. For example partitions on Windows hard disk are formatted with FAT, NTFS or ExFAT file systems, whereas on Mac OS they are usually formatted with HFS+ and HFS file systems.
Though hard drives can be divided into logical partitions, these partitions may get lost, missed or corrupt due to a number technical faults or human errors. In the event of the partition loss, important data stored on those partitions may become inaccessible or lost which may create many troubles to the users who have kept and dependent on that precious data. You might have used that specific lost partition on hard drive to save your work reports, files, software and lot more. In sheer panic, you will be thinking of all possible ways to get back lost partition? Don’t lose temper, still you have hope!!! The best solution to use in this case is a reliable tool like partition recovery, which is capable of restoring lost partition and its data. Yes, partition recovery is the accurate program for easy, safe and quick way to recover lost partition from hard drive either on Windows or Mac operating system.
Let us see the scenarios accountable for loss of partitions from the hard drive:
Corruption of boot sector: Boot sector is initial sector of hard drive that contains critical data like number of partitions, total number of sectors, sector size, which partition is booting, start and end point of partition, etc. When boot sector is corrupted due to dangerous viruses, partitioning errors or damage of system related files, it can lead to disappear any logical partition on the hard drive, resulting in data loss.
Errors during file system conversion: Many times when the need arises, users reformat or change the file system of a particular partition from old to new, for example from i.e. FAT16 to FAT32 to NTFS. During reformatting/file system conversion process, the files actually lose their EFS (encryption details) and file system permissions, containing entries regarding which users or system processes are allowed to access or which operation is granted to a specific file (whether you can read, write or execute a data). Because of which data on reformatted partitions becomes unreadable or lead to loss of partition data from HDD.
Resizing the partitions: Usually the hard drive is re-partitioned or resized to shrink or expand the size of the existing partitions. But using third party tools for re-partitioning or incorrect re-partitioning of hard drive is the other major cause that is responsible for loss of hard drive partitions.
Crash of hard drive: Using third party tools for formatting or reformatting hard drive partitions, partition table corruption, uncertain system shutdown, software corruption, installation of defective software, file system corruption, severe virus attacks and lot more issues can lead to crash of a hard drive. As a result of this, you may end up losing partitions of hard drive.
But you have to take certain precautions after loss of partition in order to avoid overwriting of lost partition on hard drive by the creation of a new partition.
- Prevent formatting or re-partition the hard drive
- Do not try to recreate or repair lost/corrupt partitions
- Avoid saving/writing anything onto the drive containing lost partitions
- Do not run any disk utilities or defrag utilities on the hard drive
Immediately download and install the demo version of partition recovery tool on healthy Windows PC. Remove the affected hard drive from its computer, connect it as a secondary storage drive to the computer (where you have installed the software) and then run the software to recover lost or missing partitions. In reasonable time, this utility displays found partitions and its data on its user interface. You can view the recovery results and analyze its performance. Finally if you are happy with the results, then you can go ahead for buying the licensed version of partition recovery software to save the recovered partitions along with its data onto desired storage location. This application can also be utilized to restore lost data after partition table corruption on Windows 7 PC and computers having Windows XP, Vista, 2003 and 2008 Server operating systems.
Why to use partition recovery software?
It can identify and recover around 280 file types from hard drive using their unique file signatures. This tool thoroughly scans the hard drive for lost or missing partitions with the help of inbuilt powerful scanning algorithms. In case you are using Mac OS X Lion and lost the partition even then you can recover the lost partition using Partition recovery tool. For more details on Mac OS X Lion lost partition recovery, click on the following link: http://www.partitionsrecovery.com/mac-os-x-lion-lost-partition.html. Recovering Microsoft documents, PDF files, emails, Zip archives, photos, songs, videos and file types from lost partitions is extremely simple by using this partition recovery utility. It supports data recovery from FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ExFAT formatted partitions and can also be used as RAID0, RAID1 and RAID5 partition recovery software. You will be able to get back lost partition data/files from SATA/SCSI and IDE hard drive and external hard drives.
Other than lost partition, it will also support recovery deleted, formatted, reformatted or corrupted partition data on hard drive or external storage drive until and unless data is not overwritten. Using this tool, you can do data recovery from RAW hard drive, bad/failed hard drive and from unbootable to get back lost partition or inaccessible data in a reliable way. Other than hard drives, it is possible to recover data from FireWire Drives, USB drives, memory cards and iPods with ease. You will be able to restore lost data from laptop hard drive, which includes various models of laptop like Dell, Acer, Sony, HP, Toshiba, etc. You can run partition recovery tool to retrieve lost partitions from Mac hard drives installed with latest Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion operating systems. Further more, if you want to know how to recover files from damaged hard drive then visit here: http://www.partitionsrecovery.com/recover-files-from-damaged-hard-drive.html
Simple steps to recover lost partitions from hard drive are:
1:Download the trial version of partition recovery software and and install it on your Windows computer. Just after installing the software, welcome window will come. It will ask to select one option among three. Select "Recover Partitions / Drives".
Figure A: Welcome Window
2: Select "Partition Recovery" option from the next display screen. Select SD card from which you want to recover lost partition from the list of identified drives and then click "Next" button to start scanning as shown in Figure B
Figure B: Select SD Card Drive
3: Once the scanning is completed, the partition recovery software will display list of partitions that have been found. Select appropriate partitions from which you want to recover data then click "Next" button as shown in Figure C
Figure C: List of Found Partition
4: In next step, it will start scanning process to retrieve data from lost or missing partition and it will show you list of recovered files as shown in Figure D.
Figure D: Recovered Files